Fri. Jul 12th, 2024


Casino is Martin Scorsese’s epic history lesson about Vegas, exposing the mafia’s past ties to the city of opulence and neon signs. It also reveals how huge gambling corporations took over the desert town. The movie is an intense experience, with a three-hour runtime that never feels draggy or repetitive. Unlike other movies that show only the partying and weekend getaways side of Vegas, Casino digs deep and reveals how big business took over the city and changed its identity.

The movie is a riveting watch throughout, and the characters are well-portrayed by the excellent cast. Robert De Niro’s performance as Sam “Ace” Rothstein is masterful, and he is backed up by the always-reliable Joe Pesci. The two actors create a formidable, almost menacing duo that is constantly battling each other. Sharon Stone is a force of nature as blonde hustler Ginger McKenna, and she builds on her work from Basic Instinct. She is a perpetual motion machine, seducing and controlling men (Ace once says she could keep him awake for “two or three days”) while being unable to control herself.

Casinos use a variety of tactics to attract gamblers and increase their spending. They offer a wide selection of games, ranging from traditional table games like blackjack and roulette to slot machines and video poker. They also offer a wide range of services and amenities, such as restaurants, hotels, spas, and live entertainment. They also promote responsible gambling and encourage players to set limits on their wagers.